The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Princes St., Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2AB, United Kingdom
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Luxurious but not really

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 22, 2007

i came to edinburgh for work and stayed at this hotel for 10 days. i should say, before i got in, i was impressed and taken by the grand look of the old front entrance, very antique, not to mention the room rate! but when i got in, the reception and lobby were small and so not unique, so the standard room.

the building is very old, not that it brings you some historical anecdote or arouse a legend in your mind, but rather old as in 'old'.

it's located 15-minute walk from the Royal Mile - the vibrant street of Edinburgh. compared to the small size of the town, it is a long distance. however, it overlooks Princes Street which is good for shopping and eating - though considered the most expensive. It's also located next to the Edinburgh Castle with a good view and neighbouring parks.

room rate: £220 inc breakfast!

bottomline, this hotel is only a brand

Unique Quality: the usual stuff about any 5-start hotel, apart from paying for every single service you use

business centre
internet at room
scottish breakfast buffet included

Directions: go to Princes Street heading to the airport. the Hilton is located at the top corner of the street

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The Caley

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 6, 2007

The Caledonian (or "Caley" as it is referred to by the locals) is Edinburgh's original railway hotel. It has managed to retain much of its original grandeur without becoming over-modernised or too faded. There are big sweeping staircases, wide corridors, and large high-ceilinged rooms with chandeliers.

We paid a bit more than we normally would to stay here (GBP130 a night, which included dinner on the first night), but were pretty pleased with it. The room was big, with a good-sized comfortable bed and a bath, and the staff were polite and helpful. The location is pretty good. Although not quite as central as some other hotels, it is very convenient for buses.

Breakfast was excellent, with all the usual stuff plus a really good hot selection including great fried eggs (nice and runny), and black pudding, although the haggis was rather disappointing. And if you like porridge - they serve whisky with it! Just don't get seated in the overflow annex room beyond the main kitchen serving area - it is ghastly, dim, stuffy and pokey - really sub-standard (but the only negative thing about the hotel). If you get put in here, complain, or wait for a table in the main restaurant/conservatory part, which is rather nice, and was actually once part of the railway station platform area.

We had dinner in the hotel restaurant on our first night (part of the package), and it was pretty good. The hotel bar was very friendly, and had an excellent selection of whiskies - with bar staff who seemed knowledgeable enough to guide your selection (even though none of them seemed to be Scottish).

All round, this was a good, if slightly expensive choice, and we would certainly recomend the Caley if you can get a good deal online.

Unique Quality: All the usual facilities you get with a Hilton in a historic, characterful building. Plus they serve whisky with your porridge at breakfast.

Directions: About 10 minutes walk from Waverley Station at the far (west) end of Princes Street.
You can walk most of the way through the Princes Street Gardens, which is much nicer than battling through all the crowds at the bus stops along Princes Street itself.

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A little bit dissapointing Caledonian

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 12, 2004

We stayed there in the middle of winter, the heating system was left broken. After we complained about the cold room, they promised to fix it asap, but during two night stay, we ended up staying in a freezing room. Food was ok, but not as good as we expected.

Unique Quality: Great view of the castle, if you request for Castle view in advance. Great location for sightseeing, business, transpotation.

Directions: West end of Princes Street.

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An Edinburgh Institution

by written on May 31, 2003

We stayed at the 'Callie' last February, just overnight, and I was really looking forward to staying at one of the most famous hotels in the city.
BUT.. I was really disappointed. The room was small and poky, the electricity points didn't work and I felt the breakfast was very expensive (it would have been better to go to Macdonalds across the street).
The hotel then got the bill wrong! and it took quite a bit of correspondance to sort things out.

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Address: Princes St., Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2AB, United Kingdom

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